After three years of limited programs, the School of Business and Accountancy (SBA) held its long tradition Testimonial Dinner with the theme, “Championing the Professions of our Aspirations” for its newly passed Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) last January 21, at Plaza San Jose.
The event aims to give the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Exam (CPALE) passers a chance to share their testimonies on their entire process of becoming a CPA. It is also meant to celebrate their efforts and hardships in taking the CPALE as well as to recognize the people who supported their journey – their guardians, former professors, and the university.
Following the Thanksgiving Mass, the main program began, which included the presentation of certificates by Mr. Ednel T. Datu and Ms. Mary Antonette D. Tadeo. Afterward, the OIC President, Mr. Leopoldo Valdez, gave his heartwarming congratulatory message.
Additionally, Ms. Myrna C. Calma, Philippine Institute Certified Public Accountant (PICPA) President of the Angeles Chapter, attended the event and spearheaded the board passers’ oath taking.
On the sharing of the passers’ testimonies, one of the CPALE passers, Ms. Patricia Nicole S. Lacap, CPA, revealed that the pandemic disrupted her pre-exam routine, which she had intended to use as preparation. Lacap explained that she had to concentrate on being consistent in her study habits since she thought that once the brain becomes idle, the focus can easily shift to other things. As a result, she made sure to read lessons every month.
For Mr. Hashley Lanz C. Colonel, CPA, job opportunities and a friend are his initial inspirations to take the path of becoming a CPA. However, as he encountered the subject “Auditing Theory”, he realized it’s not just about the “title” but being a “CPA” has a deep meaning and entails a big responsibility.
Meanwhile, as per Bryan P. Paras, CPA, the quality of the review is more significant than the number of hours. He highlighted that he studied the concepts first before taking the pre-boards at several review centers so that he could become accustomed to the various questioning styles used by the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) various examiners for each area.
The Department of Accountancy and the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants and Auditors – United (JPIAA-U) collaborated on the event, which they began planning in November 2022. Originally, the Testimonial Dinner was scheduled for December 16, 2022, but it was postponed due to insufficient time and scheduling conflicts with the CPALE passers.
In general, 33 out of 58 invited board passers from October and December 2021, and May and October 2022 confirmed and attended the event with their guardians.